The Fall 2018 Graves Lectures Series will commence on Tuesday, October 30th. Dr. Nathaniel Doherty is the featured speaker. Other speakers include:
- Mathew Brust – November 13th
- Markus Jones – November 27th
Dr. Doherty is part-time staff at the Library Learning Commons where his work centers on maintaining the Frances Richards Media Lab and working to integrate the lab’s resources with student and faculty. Dr. Doherty will discuss Zone One, a zombie-apocalypse novel by Colson Whitehead published in 2011. He will focus on the main character’s dispassionate response to the destruction of human culture by the undead plague, as well as his metaphorical identification of the pre and post-apocalypse worlds. The title of his talk is “Equanimity Among the Ruins: the Doubtful Value of Humanity in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.”
Dr. Mathew Brust is a Professor in the Physical & Life Sciences Department. During his presentation, he will discuss the conservation status of rare butterfly species in the Nebraska Panhandle, how there has been a precipitous decline in the past few decades, and the suspected reasons for the decline. The title of his talk is “Current Conservation Status of Rare Butterflies and Grasshoppers in the Nebraska Panhandle.”
Markus Jones will wrap up the Fall 2018 series with a short craft lecture about plot and tensions and then finish his presentation with a short story reading. Mr. Jones is the author of How the Butcher Bird Finds Her Voice, published in 2018 by Five Oaks Press. His novel is an Award Winner in the Multicultural category of the 2018 American Fiction Awards, has been nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize, and is a finalist for both the 2017 Tillie Olsen Award and the literary category of the American Fiction Awards. Mr. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the English and Humanities Department – the title of his talk is “The Shaping of Story.”
The presentations begin at 7pm and are held in the Sandoz Atrium. They are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in being a featured speaker, please contact Shawn Hartman at 308.432.7059 or email her at email@example.com.